Music Industry Decides Suing Ireland is a Good Idea.

In what seems like a never-ending parade of lawsuits, this might take the cake. The Irish branch of EMI has decided to file a new lawsuit – no shock there. The twist? They’ve decided to sue the entire country of Ireland – more specifically,  its government – for not taking action to more strictly block ISPs and websites associated with illegal, pirated and copyright-infringing content.

Read more here from Gizmodo UK.

Ireland doesn’t currently have a system implemented that lets copyright holders like EMI take out court orders to force ISPs to block sites linked to piracy. In the UK and across the rest of Europe, this kind of forced blockade is happening left right and centre, and the music industry wants Ireland to follow suit.

A High Court case was levied against one of Irelands ISPs by the music industry in 2010, which found a blockade-style court order system lacking in Irish law. This prompted a “statutory instrument“ to be drawn up by the Irish government bringing it in-line with the EU. The new rule will do something akin to what the music industry is after, but Ireland hasn’t acted quick enough for EMI it seems.

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  1. erigena

    January 16, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Finally the music companies are suing Ireland for failure to have any implementable copyright legislation;

    Even the most “cynical/daring” comments on this topic really don’t get it. Ireland has not been run as a normal state since 1998 or so, and there was every indication from back then that the music industry – in the mid 90’s perhaps the biggest in the world pro capita – began to be used for the creation of huge scams

    Please be open to the idea that Ireland was positioning itself to be a zone where copyright laws did NOT apply, and where the “financial services center” was to be a magnet for every scumbag in the world

    However, the 2000 copyright act in Ireland should have anticipated all these problems. In 2000, the Internet was a reality and frims like had already had their day;

    The problem is that the act was drafted by criminals. In a rather famous incident, while the act was being drafted, the member of Parliament piloting the Copyright and Related rights Bill 2000 got a record contract for his son David Kitt through Warner Bros;

    “Kitt has a charmed life and he escaped public opprobrium before when it emerged that in 2000 he had given a demo tape of his son, singer David Kitt, to Dennis Woods, head of Warner Studios and chairman of Phonographic Performance Ireland. This would have been an exchange hardly worth mentioning were it not for the fact that Kitt was then piloting the Copyright and Related rights Bill 2000 through the Dáil; that this legislation benefited PPI members and that the PPI, one of the organisations most affected beneficially by the act, lobbied the Government strongly.”

    See also

    We can continue with the admittedly labyrinthine narrative on

    To summarize; musicians start to notice that their song copyright registrations are altered when they attempt to repatriate them from Britain and the USA to the nascent Irish music “rights” organization (IMRO). Companies close to the government suddenly “own” part of the songs. The musicians check further, and notice that they are credited with writing songs that don’t exist, often spelled in Gaelic with a letter missing.

    They get the police involved; one of the police is made a job offer he can’t refuse, but parliamentary questions keep the investigation going. It is possible that the government simply wanted to find out what we knew.

    Then someone in IMRO’s London counterpart panics and – lo and behold! – it is revealed that Shay Hennessy, chair of IMRO, HAD STOLEN HUNDREDS OF COPYRIGHTS AND WAS USING IMRO TO PERPETUATE THE THEFT. Quis cutodies cutodiet? AS it happens, the police investigation was aborted with a leak to the papers

    Hennessy was the main advisor on the copyright act that has caused this snafu;

    It is important to remember that, when referring to Ireland 1997-2011, we are not talking about a modern democracy; it is a third world country, with the prime minister paying a fortune of taxpayers’ money to promote the musical and other “artistic” careers of his daughters and their partners, including the horrible “PS I love you”.

    U2, among many others, took advantage of the artists destroyers’ exemption, which allowed them trade with dissolved companies and steal at will from far better musicians than them (see Dave M’s site).

    You all would do us Irish people a favour if you boycotted us while we sort out our country. No more bailouts, please

    • Benjamin Ricci

      January 17, 2012 at 10:44 am

      Thanks for taking the time to post. We appreciate your views and insight on the topic.

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